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Former Super League centre signs for new club

Former Super League centre Dean Whare

Former Catalans Dragons and London Broncos centre Dean Whare has signed for a new club, just two years after leaving Super League.

A starter in the 2013 World Cup Final for New Zealand, Whare spent a decade playing in NRL with Manly Sea Eagles and Penrith Panthers before heading to Super League.

He was a key member of the Dragons side that made it to the 2021 Grand Final, memorably scoring both home and away to St Helens on the way.

However, a significant pectoral injury in 2022 stunted his ability to keep his place in the side, and despite playing all the final regular season games and the eliminator loss to Leeds Rhinos, he left the club to join Pia Donkeys in France.

His return to England midway through the 2023 season was a successful one, scoring 12 tries in 13 games as London Broncos were promoted to Super League.

Despite this, he again headed to France to rejoin Pia Donkeys.

He’s now found a new club.

Former Super League centre Dean Whare signs for new club

 Dean Whare of New Zealand is chased down by Greg Inglis of Australia in the World Cup final.

Credit: Imago Images

Whare, it was announced this week, has headed back Down Under to join Glebe Dirty Reds in New South Wales.

The club revealed on Twitter: “The Glebe Dirty Reds are thrilled to announce the signing of Dean Whare.

“Dean brings huge experience, having played 155 NRL games, 38 SL games & 20 tests for NZ.

“He was all class in his Glebe debut in our 24-20 win over Ryde at Wenty Park today.

“Welcome to the Dirty Reds, Dean!”

Dean Whare in training gear of Super League side Catalans Dragons

Credit: Imago Images

The Dirty Reds may have been the first-ever Sydney rugby league club, being formed in 1908 and reformed in 2015.

They now play at development level, participating in the Ron Massey Cup and the Sydney Shield, operated by New South Wales RL.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs field a team in the Ron Massey Cup, but most participating clubs are more obscure.

This Saturday, the Dirty Reds will face the Bulldogs side, and are currently in third place in the table, two points behind the league leaders.

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